New York Sues to Dissolve Donald J. Trump Foundation

New York sues Trump Foundation for 'illegal conduct'

The lawsuit adds to legal problems affecting Trump, including a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Another $100,000 went to another charity in 2007 to settle a legal dispute over a flagpole erected in violation of local ordinances at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private club and sometime residence in Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Trump defended himself on Twitter, calling the suit "ridiculous".

In addition to the penalties and dissolution of the foundation, the lawsuit also seeks to ban President Trump from serving as director of a NY not-for-profit of 10 years, and a one-year ban for his children named in the suit.

In addition to Trump and the foundation, Underwood is suing Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and their sister, Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president.

The action could force Mr. Trump's children to curtail relationships with a variety of organizations.

Ivanka, Eric and Junior were included in the fines not because they directed the misuse of funds, but because they specifically failed to exercise the oversight required of those on the board of a charity.


Amazingly, once the New York AG's office (at that time led by since-accused-women-abuser Eric Schneiderman) began investigating Trump's foundations November 17, 2016, the Trump Doral magically "gave" the painting back to the Trump Foundation.

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. Under federal tax law, 501 (c)(3) organizations can't participate in political campaigns on behalf of candidates. "This statutory prohibition is absolute". As evidence, the foundation cited the lawsuit's public release on the same day as the release of the Department of Justice inspector general's report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. "Is there anyway we can make some disbursements this week in Iowa", Lewandoski emailed Trump Foundation treasurer Allen Wieselberg from the campaign trail. Trump presented enlarged copies of checks to veterans groups at campaign events.

The list was created by another campaign staffer, Lisa Maciejowski Gambuzza, and edited by a third, Stuart Jolly, a political director.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has opened a new front in the ongoing criminal investigations into Donald Trump and his empire.

TRT World's Frank Ucciardo reports from NY. The prior NYAG, who was recently forced to resign from office in disgrace, made it his stated mission to use this matter to not only advance his own political goals, but also for his own political fundraising.

Underwood's suit claims that the foundation's charitable assets were used to pay off Trump's legal obligations, promote his hotels and to buy personal items. Trump has denied there was any collusion, and Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election.

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